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  • Railbus Bash

    I'm pondering how to cut the railbus bodies;

    For the short version, an eight window coach body that fits perfectly on a freight underframe:



    For the long version, either the double doors or the two small windows included, this will fit very nicely over an HO Geep frame:



    cheers, Leo

  • #2
    Hmmm ..., editing doesn't seem to work with the previous post.

    Anyroad, the white line (cut line) in the last picture should be on the other side of the double doors / small windows !

    cheers, Leo

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    • #3
      Leo,

      A forum quirck is it is hard to edit the first post most of us start posting pictures on the first reply.

      If I were you I would be tempted to make all the cars powered with geep drives.

      I am sending you a PM.

      Larry

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      • #4
        Hey Leo, I'm sure Larry will give you some good advice on your build. However, for my thinking, I'd go with the all windows look, and leave the double middle doors off of the build.


        Louis L&R Western Railroad
        Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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        • #5
          Yep, had another look at the mock-up and will go for the 8-window coach on a freight car underframe and archbar trucks, but will make two 'driver coaches' with the double door bit and front end from the motor car added. Have to make a new underframe for them and will get some passenger type trucks under them, will give me power for the headlight etc as well.

          One Geep got the six original, heavy and bad running, trailer cars up the incline, so this lot would pose no traction problems. Do have a couple of HO Geeps and ditto 6 axle loco's in stock, even a DD40AX (!)


          cheers, Leo

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          • #6
            Very interesting approach. I never thought about doing something like this. I look forward to seeing how it turns out!
            Arthur

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            • #7
              Me too Arthur !

              I'll pay a visit to a guy down the street, he bought a laser cutter/engraver to run a smal business from his home.

              Hope the laser is capable of cutting the bodies, but will have to wait and see what's possible !


              cheers, Leo

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              • #8
                w'hay! leo's back! nice to see you mate!

                looks like an interesting project.

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                • #9
                  It is Andy, and thanks !

                  BTW: it was you who made the remark "would make nice coaches" a while ago. Could be a year come to think about it


                  cheers, Leo

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                  • #10
                    I mentioned a GP7 chassis, but after some deep digging in my Gmail archive and looking at the G-series loco's I found it to be a GP30 model. I donated all the original HO hoods to fellow (US HO) modellers, so it was a bit difficult to get the right prototype for each frame

                    Here's a line-up of possible configurations, hope I'm not boring you with it, but it realy helps me look at the options that are possible:


                    GP30 B-B with the couplers attached to the frame, saves work:



                    GP40 B-B no couplers, but a nice large fuel tank which will act as the underlying diesel engine:



                    SD40-2 C-C large heavy loco, the bashed railbus body needs to be extended with the 2 small windows, could be closed with mesh to simulate engine 'thingies' behind them ...:



                    All options have an engineers compartment in front and the use the motor cars' 3-windows front, all frames come from B'mann HO models.

                    Think I'll go for the GP40 option, B-B trucks are a better match than the C-C ones imho, large fuel tank / underlying engine and the 8-window configuration !

                    cheers, Leo

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                    • #11
                      I like the first two. I think 6 wheel SD might be too much.

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                      • #12
                        Me too Lars, and as the GP40 is a bit 'beefier' I'll go with those, 2 power cars are planned.

                        All models are great for bashing BTW, nice flat sides and horizontal bits to mount styrene strips and such, and plenty room to add sound decoders and large speakers. Also like the outline of the trucks, the alu paint helps to keep them visible when tucked under a wide ON30 body.

                        They run nice as well


                        cheers,Leo

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                        • #13
                          Agree with you and Larry on using the B-B mechanism!
                          Cheers,

                          Dallas



                          Chambers Gas & Oil -- structure build

                          Quality craftsmanship with a sense of humor! []

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                          • #14
                            A picture of the coach front/rear end, makes me think elevated or metro:




                            cheers, Leo

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                            • #15
                              2 x on their way Leo.....;-)

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